When I found out I was pregnant, aside from the disbelief and incredible shock, we were over the moon. I can’t quite believe that history is repeating itself again and just a month away from seeing the consultant at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, we fell pregnant naturally.
I remember saying to Shilts that I just felt so bloated the weekend before we found out. We were staying at a local hotel and I just felt fat. My jeans didn’t seem to sit right and I just felt uncomfortable but put it down to approaching ‘time of the month’. Fast forward a couple of weeks and the feeling of being bloated never left and I pretty much felt bloated the whole trimester with my trousers feeling uncomfortably snug around my tummy from very early on.
The week before we went to France, I booked a reassurance scan at a local private clinic. I wanted to check the pregnancy was real and that everything was supposed to be where it should be. Thankfully, I saw a beating heart and a little blob (affectionately known as peanut) and was definitely pregnant which reassured me enough to stop being so anxious about it all for a week or so.
The fridge and I aren’t friends. Unfortunately this time around, I cannot stand the smell of food in the fridge, cooking smells or even looking at raw meat. It makes me heave. I’ve gone off drinking tea and coffee as it just tastes so odd and I can’t touch chicken, again it makes me feel physically sick. I’ve had nausea pretty much throughout the day and have been sick quite a few times. Even taking my medication in the morning makes me throw up which isn’t ideal! Thank goodness my husband Shilts has been on top form to cook dinner and scrap the plates as I’ve been rubbish.
Cravings so far: I’ve taken to drinking Lemonade and Orange juice (not together) which is something I didn’t drink much of pre-pregnancy. I’ve also been fancying choc mint chip ice cream a little bit more than usual and again that’s something I didn’t really have before.
I’ve been really, really tired and have been taking naps like an Olympian! Although my naps turn into 3 hour naps and then I get changed into my pjs and climb back into bed for a restless night of tossing and turning (I used to sleep on my tummy at night and can’t now.) I need to invest in a pregnancy (sausage) pillow again. I had one when I was pregnant with Olly so will need to get another one. I look awful, very pale and so so tired. I’m thankful for the sunshine we saw in France as it’s given me a lovely set of freckles which is a bonus but I still look wiped out.
I’ve had my midwife ‘booking in’ appointment and my first consultants appointment at the hospital where I’ll be having the baby. I’m classed as high risk as I have an underactive thyroid so will need growth scans to check baby’s size and to make sure everything is progressing as it should. I also found out just this week that I’ve got an iron deficiency which explains my tiredness and dizzy spells. I’m glad there’s an additional reason for it as I’ve been feeling pretty wiped out and was sure I didn’t feel this rubbish during my last pregnancy. I’ve got a prescription for some iron tablets and have had recommendations for Spatone so ill get some of that too in case the tablets don’t agree with me.
I’m also debating the whole VBAC (Vaginal Birth after Caesarean) situation too. I’ve been offered a planned c-section and at the moment I’m in two minds what to do. There’s plenty of time to decide what I want to do so there’s no rushing into a decision and I’ve been invited to a specialist clinic at the hospital to go through the choices available to me. The prospect of another failed induction leading to an emergency section terrifies me but I’m hoping this pregnancy will be different.
Weight gain so far: just 2lb (which after a week in France is epic!)
I’ll be attempting to follow Slimming World as my pregnancy progresses as I do not want to end up in the same state I was when I had Olly. At the moment, I’m following it very loosely as I can’t eat all my favourite foods. The thought of eating strawberries, salads and vegetables just makes me feel sick but I’m hoping the second trimester will allow me to eat some of those again.
So the pregnancy glow definitely hasn’t hit me yet. I’m hoping over the next few weeks, I’ll start to feel more normal and begin to enjoy the pregnancy. above all though, I’m so thankful that I’m pregnant and will happily accept any sickness or dizzy spell along the way.
Only six months to go…x
You can read my pregnancy announcement here